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NDP put 1,349 jobs at risk in Sault Ste. Marie, say Liberals

Monday, May 26, 2014   by: Staff



Ontario Liberal plan will protect public services

NDP put 1,349 jobs at risk in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE - In blocking the 2014 Ontario Budget, the NDP have triggered a costly an unnecessary election, putting local jobs at risk and jeopardizing the gains that have been in Sault Ste. Marie in the areas of health care, education, and other vital public services relied on by families, announced David Orazietti, Liberal candidate.

“The NDP do not have a serious plan to move Sault Ste. Marie and Ontario forward,” said Orazietti. “On top of this, they are recklessly exposing Sault residents to the possibility of deep PC cuts, which will have a drastic impact on our city.”

A recent report released by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) projected that the local impact of Hudak’s plan to eliminate 100,000 public sector jobs in the province will result in 1,349 job losses in Sault Ste. Marie.

See specific community job losses here
Previously, OFL President Sid Ryan, a three time provincial NDP candidate, indicated his support for the 2014 Ontario Liberal budget plan: “From labour’s perspective I can't see any reason why we would run away from this budget and run the risk of allowing Mr. Hudak into the premier’s seat,” said Ryan. “We think this is a progressive budget and we think it should be supported.”

Other high level NDP members are also distressed by the party’s approach to the election: “We were angry when you voted against the most progressive budget in recent Ontario history,” stated a letter to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, signed by 34 high profile Ontario NDP members.

A copy of the full letter can be found at the following link
In addition to failing to address many of the key issues that matter to Ontarians in their platform, by forcing an election over the Budget, the NDP are potentially exposing Ontarians to PC Leader Tim Hudak’s agenda of deep cuts and job losses.

“Our government has made significant investments to strengthen public services and protect jobs in our city, and the NDP have irresponsibly put these jobs at risk,” said Orazietti. “Our budget plan has broad support, reflects the priorities of Ontarians and will help to keep our community


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Lostclause 5/26/2014 12:48:53 PM Report

Sadly, if an independent candidate stepped forward and their campaign was "To do absolutely nothing, other than collect a 6 figure check", they would still be a better choice than any of the current options available. So tired of the "lesser of 3 evils".
lizzardskills 5/26/2014 12:52:13 PM Report

I have to agree. We have no good options. I would be more willing to vote for a young driven person than any of these people. So tired of this voting campaigns of nonsense. No good options that's for sure.
MYPOINT 5/26/2014 12:53:17 PM Report

IF that little toad HUDAK became Premier of this Province, HUDAK will definitely cause a huge jump in unemployment with his slash and burn ideology.

The NDP seemed to have moved so close to the PC party's values that they might as well join the PC party in my opinion.

The Lying Liberals have done a LOT of harm to the people of this Province but at least they are NOT as bad as any PC government would be in my humble opinion.

In general, I TRUST NO POLITICIAN ANY LONGER - enough said !

Your views may differ :)
BT1979 5/26/2014 12:54:40 PM Report

We said NO to the HONDA plant, go build it elsewhere! Is that intelligent? Is that HELPING the economy in SSM grow? Why do we insist on letting SSM become a retirement city where nothing is developing? Why do we think a greater growing economy is not the answer here?
Sault Ste. Marie despite what age bracket we are trying to recognize is suffering. We are behind in everything. SIMPLE. Queen Street is falling apart, people are leaving the Sault to look for well paying jobs, job security and building a family in OTHER CITIES. Do you really think supplying the city with these few minimum wage jobs is enough? Not a chance. Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury and every other city out there is DEVELOPING and booming at high speed. People from out of town have told me endless times that "WE ARE BEHIND! Who are we? Where are we? You call this a city. The board walk and the beauty that we have isn't putting food on the tables of the poor and the people trying to find reason to STAY HERE....STAY HERE...STAY HERE....STAY HERE...Young or old....people are leaving SIMPLE...So what will you do to create a large amount of well paying jobs for people to stay and help SSM grow in the next 5 years and not 100 years? That's the question. Let companies in. Don't say no. Invite huge corporations into Sault Ste. Marie to develop 100's of jobs so it invites 100's of families here to stay and call home...Let's be apart of list of DEVELOPING CITIES to wanna MOVE TOO for the people locally and for the health of our economy. I'm tired of watching other cities get recognized for their development.
How about that platform!
steelworker 5/26/2014 12:56:37 PM Report

Please don't blame the dippers for "triggering a provincial election". Even though they are as bad as Liberals the dippers could not prop up a criminal government forever.
ssm101 5/26/2014 1:04:17 PM Report

David O You want some voters ,stop the talking , get yourself in tune with Sault Ste Marie . Get INVESTORS in the SOO . Show all of us something to get are votes. Think of Sault Ste Marie in 10 years if you don't!
roxpin 5/26/2014 1:04:37 PM Report

out of the all the citys the sault is highest for job loses 1,349, unbelieveable were turning into mexico , liberal you have my vote!
Back2the90s 5/26/2014 1:09:21 PM Report

In the North, unlike in Toronto and other metropolitan centres, the residents rely more heavily on the involvement of the government. This means that provincial jobs and infrastructure projects have a much greater economic impact here than they would down south. The Liberals get this. The PCs see Ontario as one unit with no regional discrepancies. They will cut across the board without regard for specific circumstances in the North, and it will have a huge impact on our community in terms of the money that flows into our community and the jobs directly affected by provincial budgets. The NDP has put all the investment and jobs we get as a result of having a Liberal government in place in jeopardy by rolling the dice with an election that was unnecessary. If we wake up to a Tim Hudak government on June 13th, it will be because of Andrea Horwath.
raggg 5/26/2014 1:13:12 PM Report

there was never going to be a Honda plant in the soo this was an urban legend that was kicked around for years. Lets face it the soo was great when the steel plant was booming but with new technology and other countries building plants the soo lost a lot of jobs. We are dreaming if we think a new plant hiring thousands of employees will ever come to the soo.
mosquitos 5/26/2014 1:34:28 PM Report

PC is the only option to clean up this mess!
sweetwill 5/26/2014 1:37:28 PM Report

How many jobs would the billions wasted on the gas plant scandal have created? We are expected to have confidence in a liberal government that has been involved in the most controversy in provincial government history? Oh our budget is great, NOT. Time for change. And its time for us as a community to look more closely at our local government. We need young fresh faces with progressive outlooks in our city hall. We need a mayor who is looking to development not coining a phrase 'Hi its mayor DEB' come on really.
ssm101 5/26/2014 1:53:14 PM Report

@ sweetwill your right, our city hall won't look beyond their paychecks.We need a clean slate ,all new faces that won't sell Sault Ste Marie short.
galaxie 5/26/2014 3:01:35 PM Report

Oh David are you saying that you won't get elected again and the PC's will?? Not only the NDP turned the budgeted down also the PC's did and they didn't even wait for it to come out. Get your facts straight. All comments regarding the 34 NDP members who spoke out against their leader may be true but I am sure that 34 is by no means a majority of NDP membership and YES we have a democracy here.
I am sure you personally and by way of representing us , do not agree 100% of the time with the Liberal platform, but you need to grow pair and speak up.
The liberal's want to allow privitization of OLG jobs. do people realize that a company from any place in the world can take over and send these jobs out of country.

But all else said PEOPLE get out and VOTE, your paying for it anyway. We get another minority Gov. and we could be right back here having another election next budget time.
flp 5/26/2014 3:14:50 PM Report

What short memories we have. Remember when the Liberals promised to lower taxes????? Yes and they soon were known as the lying Liberals. Every promise they made was a lie. This time around they promise you the sky, but no mention or regard at what cost. A scary thought. Please think!!!!!! We are paying now for their gross mismanagement. I can see all that think their way crying later when our gas,heating, hydro costs reach more and more astronomical levels
ThinkAgain 5/26/2014 3:27:45 PM Report

More finger pointing
rockbanger 5/26/2014 4:02:00 PM Report


You lead the charge and Ok'd Essar-Steel to underfund the Sault's largest pension fund.

Exactly who are you trying to help?

I'm In 5/26/2014 4:05:24 PM Report

And what kind of jobs did you bring to SSM David O since 2004, Call centre jobs which 2 out of the 4 are now closed, and one of them keeps you on until it is time to pay benefits then they show you the door like Sutherland, oh and what about the St. Mary's Paper jobs you saved David O, you are still not getting my vote.
Oldie Goldie 5/26/2014 5:09:33 PM Report

Backtothe90's---Isn't it nice to have someone to blame if the Liberals lose.

If Hudak wins it will be the fault of the Liberals not the New Democrats.

You have named yourself an appropriate Synonym !
All Is Well 5/26/2014 5:42:31 PM Report

If I remember correctly, the St. Mary's union boss was saying to not worry, there will be other buyers. Just say no to the owners. Ya Right.
Taf 5/26/2014 6:31:20 PM Report

People are seriously thinking of voting liberals back in? Poor Canada -_- I can not believe the intelligent of the people of this city. Obviously voting PC is worse but come ppl like really. Hey they only lied like 20 times I'm sure they won't do it again right? Oh and they had really good promises and budget ideas... as soon as an election came up. So they must think were all dumb altho it seems some of us are..
I would like to know when David and his party are going to take blame for their OWN actions. I mean blaming NDP for there budget not going through? I didn't know NDP was the only vote there like stupid. The only reason this would wasting tons of taxpayers money is if Ontario is dumb enough to vote you back in. Otherwise I don't see it a waste at all. Funny how they care So0o0o much about our money when it comes to an election but not all these scandals.
My personal opinion and vote will be going towards NDP, not only has David never helped me in my time of need even when I called his office asking him to personally just for him to ignore me. I can't believe he would stand for a government who does all these scandals and then says nothing for them. No apologize or nothing just act like nothing happen and blame everyone else that's the liberal's moto.
Everyone keeps saying we need change well then... Do something about people! and vote for change.
derand2 5/26/2014 7:11:14 PM Report

Go ahead SSM and vote this criminal and incompetent liberal government back into power. But know this, employers and investment will flee faster than it already is. High taxpayers and entrepreneurs will move west. The reality of this once great but now broken province will hit hard and fast.

The Wynne government whiners will plead for help but the other provinces and the feds will leave you to sink like Detroit.

Three quarters of my family has already left. I was the dumbest of them but even I now get its time to get out.
judoka 5/26/2014 11:40:51 PM Report

Yup, more and more propaganda, and election promises. Remember the liberals famous one...." no increase in taxes "....then shortly after they got it....." damn, we didn't know the books were that bad, we have to raise taxes ". Are you serious?? I have heard enough from the liberals and their antics running Ontario....and the conservatives, well they are the worst party ever. Time for someone who will be accountable....... NDP has always been for the working man, so what the hell, cant do any worse, that's for sure!!
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